Choosing monitor size for your office work

How to Choose best monitor size for office work

Most companies have significantly reduced their office sizes to exploit the technological window that makes work from home arrangements possible. More recently, the COVID-19 pandemic has made remote working even more necessary owing to the need for social distancing and other protocols that the World Health Organization recommended.

However, the myriad advantages of working from home notwithstanding, many employees have found themselves in a new set of challenges.

For example, some have ended up slouching over their laptop screens for over 12 hours a day due to the shift in working dynamics.

This is cumbersome and unhealthy, especially if you have to work on spreadsheets and switch from one application to another.

Whether you are working from home or in an office, the size of the monitor you use has a significant influence on your convenience and effectiveness.

A good monitor can better your work experience, increase productivity and keep you in good health.

1.     The screen size and resolution

a.     Screen Size

The first step to choosing a good monitor size for office work is considering the ideal screen size and resolution. It is a proven fact that when you have adequate screen space, you can see and do more and this has a direct bearing on your productivity.

A good screen that would be convenient for services like internet browsing, emails and Microsoft office documents ranges between 24inches and 34inches

Office set up with flat screen

In case your work requires a wider and bigger screen, you should go for an ultrawide curved monitor, which is roughly 34 inches to 49 inches. Otherwise, you could consider having additional monitor units.

If you are using more than one monitor, it would be good to settle for monitors with ultra-thin bezels. The reason for this is that ultra-thin bezel monitors create a seamless multi-monitor configuration to give you a minimal distraction from bezel breaks.

b.     Resolution

The screen size and resolution go hand- in- glove. Technically, the more pixels there are in every square inch of the monitor display, the sharper and more realistic images. A higher resolution would work well for larger monitors.

You may be wondering; how are curved monitors measured as far resolution is concerned?

Well, I have listed some screen sizes below with recommended resolutions,

·        23inch WUXGA (1920px x1200px)

·        23inch Full HD (1920px x 1080px)

·        24inch WUXGA (1920px X 1200px)

·        24inch Full HD (1920px x 1080px)

·        27-inch QHD (2560 px x 1440px)

·        32-inch 4K (3840px x 2160px)

·        34-inch WQHD (3440px x 1440px)

They all have a resolution with over 100 pixels per inch

2.     Is it energy efficient?

When buying home appliances, it is vital to consider the energy efficiency aspect.

This applies to monitors as well.

Monitors qualified for lower energy consumption by EPEAT and Energy Star enable you to save approximately $52 per year in utility bills.

Some monitors significantly reduce your energy consumption by leveraging features that take the monitor to sleep after a specified time of inactivity.

3.     Connectivity

The other thing that you may want to consider is the number and type of devices that you would connect to your monitor.  If you intend to connect it to a laptop, you should consider ports for the USB cable, HDMI and Thunderbolt 3.

One downside to these cable attachments is the accompanying clutter. However, you can effectively deal with the problem by acquiring a USB-C monitor that can allow you to charge your laptop and perform other functions like transferring audio & video signals and data using a single cable.

In case you have other accessories to connect, including the webcam, keyboard, mouse cell phone chargers, you may want to settle for a monitor with several USB ports. 

Dell monitors, for example, are featured with four USB ports that allow you to connect to multiple devices.

4.     The aspect ratio

The aspect ratio refers to the correlation between your monitor’s width and height.

For a home or office monitor, you would do well with a model featuring a 21:9 aspect ratio because it offers lots of content hence ideal for office tasks.

Ratio 16:10 is another excellent option as it offers a slightly higher vertical which is perfect for viewing several documents simultaneously.

5.     Brightness Level

A monitor’s standard brightness is about 300cd/m2. However, if your office is well lit or maybe your working desk is located next to the window, you may have to look at a monitor with extra brightness. Provided the brightness level reads 250 cd/m2, you will be able to use your monitor for long periods without running the risk of straining your eyes.

6.     Refresh Rate

The refresh rate refers to the frequency at which the monitor updates images on your screen. It is useful, especially if you desire to do smooth movements on your computer. This is an essential item to consider before buying the monitor, especially if your work is image-oriented.

7.     The viewing angle

This is another critical element to consider when buying a PC for office purposes. Ideally, a monitor that will enable you to see images clearly from different angles is the one featuring a 170-degree viewing angle.

8. The panel and gamut

Panel

Monitors are different, and they use other panels according to their models. In simpler terms, a panel is the applied display technology.

I recommend the IPS panel for your office purposes because of the quality of the pictures that they deliver. It discreetly combines exceptional color reproduction and great angle viewing stability to outshine other panels.  

What does this mean?

That color reproduction and the contrast are least affected even when you view the screen from widely varied angles.

Gamut

You also have to consider the gamut carefully because it identifies and samples a definite range of colors from the visible spectrum. This is more useful to those who are into photo editing, video editing and graphic design.

For better editing or design experiences, go for the best large curved monitor featuring a good sGRB gamut.

These tips should sufficiently equip you with ideas to help you choose best monitor size for office work. You could also refer to my other blog posts that compare the curved monitor vs flat monitor as this will guide you to determine one that suits your purpose.

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